The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has announced new postdoctoral programs for young researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S.
“It’s essential that young researchers be given the opportunity to work in top international environments so they themselves and Swedish research in general can continue to evolve. But we also hope they will return to Sweden equipped with fresh knowledge and experience to share at our universities. So, in addition to funding for a two-year stint at NTU or MIT, they will be offered two years’ salary if they return to a Swedish university,” explains Peter Wallenberg Jr, Chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
The Foundation already supports up to fifteen postdoc residencies at Stanford University, and Broad Institute in the U.S.
“Those programs have been a huge success. The offer of a repatriation grant to return to Sweden also seems to encourage the majority to move back. In addition to three eminent U.S. institutions, it is especially pleasing to now be able to offer places at one of Asia’s foremost universities – NTU,” says Göran Sandberg, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Up to thirty postdocs a year will be offered research time at MIT and NTU.
Earlier this summer the Foundation earmarked funding for 25 postdocs under the Wallenberg–NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships, a program giving young researchers from around the world the opportunity to spend a year at NTU in Singapore, and a year at one of the five Swedish universities specializing in research into AI.
“We’re delighted to have established such good collaboration with NTU – a university truly at the international forefront in many technological fields. It will benefit Swedish research as well as industry,” adds Peter Wallenberg Jr.
Göran Sandberg, Executive Director, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Phone: +46 (0)8 545 01780
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation was established in 1917. The Foundation’s aim is to benefit Sweden by supporting Swedish basic research and education, primarily in medicine, technology and the natural sciences. This is achieved by awarding grants to excellent researchers and projects.
Since the establishment SEK 25 billion in grants has been awarded, with annual funding of SEK 1.8 billion in recent years, making the Foundation the largest private funder of scientific research in Sweden, and one of the largest in Europe.